Hungarian Holidays Part 1 - 1848 Revolution Day

by Affectionate March. 13, 2009 2365 views

1848 Revolution Day (1848-as Forradalom és Szabadságharc)
The “Hungarian spring” - a bloodless fight for freedom against
Habsburg domination which later led to war against Austria and its allies
(at the time: the Croats and Romanians).

The main demands of Hungarians were: freedom of the press, and the
establishing of a Hungarian parliament in Pest with its government.
Revolutionists also demanded freedom of religion, a jury, a national
bank, a Hungarian army, and the withdrawal of foreign military presence
from the country.

In 1849 Russia intervened on the side of Austria, and won. The Austrian
retorsion included the execution of 13 generals of the Hungarian
revolutionary army and of 5 civilian leaders of the short-lived independent
Hungary. One of them was the first prime-minister, count Lajos
Batthyany.

Each year on March 15, the Hungarian tricolors of red, white, and green
are prominently displayed all over the country.

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